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Week 46

Orient Aviation’s Week in the Asia-Pacific

By Dominic Lalk

The two major OEMs had brisk business at this week’s Dubai air show. Airbus sold more than 450 A320neo Family jets and Boeing confirmed orders for more than 200 B737 MAXs and more than 50 twin-aisle long-range aircraft.

In Bangkok, THAI returned to posting an operating profit in the third quarter, but it also reported another yield slippage of 7.5% over the period. Rival Bangkok Airways announced a net loss through to September 30.

In Colombo, AirAsia Group is lobbying the Sri Lankan government regarding the possible establishment of a local subsidiary AirAsia Sri Lanka.

In Oceania, Samoa Airways launched operations, becoming the island nation’s new flag carrier after the Virgin Samoa joint venture was terminated earlier this year.

Dubai air show a success for major OEMs Read More »



AirAsia pitches LCC to Sri Lanka

The AirAsia Group conglomerate could soon be adding another subsidiary to its stable of carriers – AirAsia Sri Lanka. Read More »



Nuan-Hsuan Ho becomes founding chairman of NORDAM Asia

China Airlines (CAL) chairman, Nuan-Hsuan Ho, has been named founding chairman of NORDAM Asia, a new composites MRO joint venture between CAL and NORDAM Aerospace Group, formalized this week at NORDAM’s Tulsa, Oklahoma, headquarters. Read More »



THAI returns to operating profit in third quarter

Thai Airways International’s (THAI’s) financials managed to return to an operating profit in the third quarter through to September 30, although exchange rate losses and other special items dragged down the carrier’s results to a show heavier net loss (1,814 million baht; US$55 million) than in the year-ago period. Read More »





Airbus and JAL develop A350 mixed reality trainer

Airbus, in cooperation with Japan Airlines (JAL) and JAL Engineering (JALEC), has developed a prototype application for mixed reality training for A350 mechanics and crew, taking advantage of Microsoft’s “HoloLens” and immersive headsets. Read More »



Ameco performs first B737 MAX MRO services

Beijing-based MRO provider Ameco has begun performing maintenance services on B737 MAX aircraft. Read More »



Samoa Airways starts operations

Following the demise of Virgin Samoa, the South Pacific island nation this week launched its new flag carrier – Samoa Airways. Read More »





Rob Sharp confirmed as Virgin Australia group executive

Virgin Australia has confirmed former Tigerair chief, Rob Sharp, as group executive, in charge of the carrier’s day-to-day domestic and international operations. Read More »



Airlines: British Airways is in talks with Germany’s Dr. Peters Group over the potential acquisition of ex-Singapore Airlines A380s. Read More »